BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Spring, summer and fall–that’s the timeline for the trials of six Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray.
Alex DeMetrick reports the dates were finalized Wednesday.
Most of the six officers involved in the arrest and transport of Freddie Gray last year should have already been tried for his death–but arguments before the Court of Appeals derailed that schedule.
Then last week, the court ruled Officer William Porter can be forced to testify against the other five officers.
“They can use his testimony in these other cases and not risk being prohibited from retrying him,” said Andy Levy, a legal expert.
That’s cleared the way for new trial dates for the officers in Baltimore’s court.
The new trial dates were set as follows:
- Officer Edward Nero set for May 10 on an assault charge.
- Officer Caesar Goodson June 6, facing the most serious count of second-degree depraved heart murder.
- Officer Brian Rice July 5, for assault and manslaughter charges.
- Officer Garrett Miller July 27, on an assault charge.
- Officer William Porter September 6 for a retrial after his first trial ended in a hung jury
- Officer Alicia White October 13 on manslaughter and assault charges.
While trial dates may seem cut and dried, arriving at them can be complicated.
“These are very experienced, busy lawyers who have a lot of other things going on,” Levy said. “Similarly, the expert witnesses, many from out of town, they have their own scheduling difficulties.”
And the anniversary of the riots that followed Gray’s death might also have been a factor.
None of the officers will face trial in April.